Foxconn is partnering with medical device company Medtronic to produce ventilators at its told CNBC, during the . He noted that the factory will hopefully make the lifesaving devices — based on its open-sourced PB-560 design — in the next four to six weeks., Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak
The Taiwan-based electronics maker, which is best known for assembling Apple’s iPhone, confirmed to Reuters that both companies’ medical and technical personnel were working together on the project.
It isn’t the only company pivoting to ventilator production as the pandemic creates a shortage. Electric car company Tesla is making a component of a different Medtronic ventilatorand that uses Model 3 parts, General Motors is working with ventilator company Ventec Life Systems to and vacuum-maker Dyson has an order with the UK’s National Health Service for .
The new strain of coronavirus, which can develop into a respiratory illness known as, was discovered in Wuhan, China, in December and has spread worldwide in the months since. As of Wednesday morning, it had infected and caused over 83,000 deaths globally.
Foxconn’s factory at the Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park was meant to produce LCD screens when it opened in May, but Gov. Tony Evers woo Foxconn to Wisconsin with the largest incentive in state history.about the number of jobs it’d create last summer. The Democrat inherited the deal from Republican predecessor Scott Walker, who helped
Neither Foxconn nor Medtronic responded to requests for comment.
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